Businesses and organizations looking to march in the Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade this summer will have to show they’re serious about protecting LGBT employees before they will be permitted to march in one of the largest Pride celebrations in the nation.
Stonewall Columbus will require parade applicants to show proof of an anti-discrimination policy protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees in order to participate in this year’s parade.
Parade organizers established the requirement as a means of education and awareness surrounding the issue of LGBT employment discrimination.
For some, worries of losing employment because of sexual orientation have been renewed since the presidential election, said Riana Brewer, Stonewall Columbus Outreach Coordinator.
“After the election, we started seeing an uptick in phone calls from people being fearful of this, specifically,” Brewer said.
More than 215 groups — including Huntington Bank, PNC Bank and Cardinal Health — participated in last year’s parade. Most won’t be affected by the new requirement because they already have such policies in place, Brewer said.
If businesses or organizations do not yet have a policy or are in the process of implementing one, they can still participate in the parade as long as they pledge to have such a policy in place by Pride 2018.
“The question will be asked again,” Brewer said. “If they have failed to comply with the pledge, then they will forfeit their participation (in 2018).”
Columbus already has an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance in…
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